Why Do I Need a PCR Test for Travel & Where Can I Get One?

Why Do I Need a PCR Test for Travel & Where Can I Get One?

02 / Sep

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Whatever your reasons for going abroad, whether it’s for an important businesss trip or to spend time with family, you will need a PCR test for travel. We know that you may be stressed by the thought of sorting out Covid testing alongside the usual stress that comes with organising trips. That’s why we have created this guide surrounding why you need to get a Covid PCR test in Bury, as well as what the test entails.

If you are worried about finding out what vaccinations you need before you go, our Travel Clinic offers all of the vaccinations and advice you need. You can find out more below:

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Why do I need a PCR test?

Generally, you should get tested if you are experiencing a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or if you have lost your sense of smell or taste. The Government website also details that since international travel has resumed, and we are all eager to travel once again, PCR testing has primarily been discussed in relation to the travel lists.

The Government’s red, amber and green travel lists are subject to change; as a result, you should make sure you are aware of the lists in advance of travel. This will give you the chance to organise your PCR tests, as well as any isolation arrangements that may be necessary. We have included the current definitions of each tier below to keep you up-to-date:

Red list

You should not travel to the countries and territories on the red list. You are required to take a Covid test prior to your return. You should also book your quarantine hotel package before you travel. You also need to book two Covid tests, to be taken on day 2 and day 8 of your isolation, as well as completing your passenger locator form.

Amber list

You are required to take a Covid test before coming back from an amber list country. You should also book your day 2 and 8 travel tests for when you return; you must also complete a passenger locator form.

If you are fully vaccinated, you are only required to take a day 2 test; you do not need to isolate. If, however, you are not fully vaccinated, once you arrive you need to isolate at home or within a fixed location for 10 days, as well as taking your day 2 and 8 tests.

Green list

If you are looking to jet off, travel to countries on this list is permitted. However, you are also required to take a Covid test before your return to the UK, as well as booking a day 2 test and filling out your passenger locator form. However, you do not need to isolate on your return.

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What is PCR testing?

PCR testing is the most accurate method of identifying an active Covid infection. PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction; the test involves taking a swab of your nostril, as well as your tonsils (or where your tonsils would normally be).

Our PCR test in Bury

The PCR test is carried out in the pharmacy no less than 72 hours before you are due to travel; it will be carried out by our pharmacist. You will then receive your results, and the subsequent Fit to Fly certificate, via email. If you are looking to travel, don’t get caught out –

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This blog post was written on behalf of Pimhole Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.